Our church celebrates freedom of belief and welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds and faiths. Unitarian Universalism does not advocate a particular creed. We come together because of our shared commitment to values and to ways of living, not to religious dogma. See “What Is UU?” for more about the long history and tradition of Unitarian Universalism. The Strafford Universalist Society is the second oldest in Vermont and fourth oldest in the nation. Though the society was dormant for several years in the 1980s and 1990s, we are now growing again, meeting in the “new” church built in 1833 in South Strafford. We hope you will join us.
Late Summer/Early Fall Happenings
Saturday August 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Yard Sale at the Church
Drop off items on Friday August 27th between 10-4, or come the morning of to set up your own table and sell your own items and make a donation to the church. Proceeds to go to stained glass window repairs.
Sunday August 29th at 10 a.m.
Annual Upper Valley UU Gathering in Woodstock
In This Together
Join us for this In-Person, Outdoor worship service with five Vermont Upper Valley congregations.
Reverends Dunkley, Sawyer and Hutslar will lead this service together in the riverfront backyard of the UU Church in Woodstock. We will sit at safe distances apart.
IF IT RAINS- THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE
All are Welcome to this service, and to bring-your-own-picnic afterwards at Silver Lake State Park.
Sunday September 5th at 10 a.m.
This annual service around water is led by members of the congregation. In addition to a celebration in song and poetry of this precious resource, people are asked to bring water and the story of where it came from and its importance in your life.
Sunday September 19th at 10 a.m.
Rev. Mellen Kennedy – Universalism – The Next 250 Years
Rev. Kennedy who preached at the Universalist Convocation this summer will share her talk which is partly about Universalist history and partly about the relevancy of Universalism for today and the future. Strafford Historian and Strafford Universalist Society Board member John Freitag will also share a little of the prominent role the role this church ( which is 223 years old ) had in both Universalism at large and in helping to heal the deep rifts in our community caused by the Revolutionary War.
On other Sundays there are many options for connecting with the UU community. Here are a few of them:
Close to home-
First Universalist Society of Hartland VT – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom or telephone
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom. Other activities also available via Zoom during the week.
North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Facebook Live.
Another easy to connect with congregation who has welcomed our members who wish to use this time to branch out a bit more-
Arlington Street Church – Worship service every Sunday at 11 via Zoom or telephone. Other activities also available during the week.
There are many more to check out in this list provided by the UUA.
For those who would like to use this time for quiet individual reflection, the UU website offers many resources to explore such as this searchable on-line library.
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